Steens Pillar

Steens Pillar is a 300 foot high rock spire that lies in the Mill Creek valley just East of Prineville. This is a short hike that is suitable for all abilities. The distance to the viewpoint is around 4 miles (total) along a well maintained trail with about 700 feet of up and down. It will be warm - so bring plenty water. If you want to go to the base of the pillar it is scrambly but fun. Hazel and I will meet the group at the trailhead at 9:30 am on Sunday (we plan to camp overnight in the Ochocos). Please meet at the Starbucks in Cascade Village (by World Market) at 8:00am. Please carpool and drive to the trailhead. Here are directions. "Steins Pillar is located approximately 16 miles east of the town of Prineville, OR. To reach the Pillar, drive US26 10 miles east from downtown Prineville to 200 yards east of mile marker 28. Turn left onto (paved) Mill Creek Road. Follow the road past the end of the pavement (at 5.1 miles from US26). Stay on Mill Creek Road for another 1.6 miles to the signed junction for Steins Pillar Trailhead. Turn right at the sign, cross a small bridge and follow the forest road (#500) for exactly 2 miles from the junction. The trailhead consists of a turnaround loop in the forest road (note the self registration box)" Here is the hike description. "From the trailhead, hike the well-maintained trail for 1.8 miles to the backside overlook (NOT the same overlook as mentioned below) of the Pillar. From there, stay on trail as it descends down toward the base of the pillar. The trail vanishes just before the base (below wooden steps). The hike-in takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour and involves approximately 700 feet of elevation change (rolling ups and downs)." Tom

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    A former member

    A beautiful hike with great views along the way. Lots of wildflowers!

    July 12, 2010

  • Becky

    Beautiful, lush hike -- mouthwatering views -- lots of shade, even on the trip out! Really enjoyed the excellent conversation and good humor. This was my first Meet-Up hike and was impressed that Tom, Hazel, and Diana had a "plan".

    July 11, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great little hike!!

    July 11, 2010

  • Kat

    I'm so sorry, I requested to come and now cannot because I realized that I have work Sunday morning and I had thought I was off. I hope you all have a great time and would love to go on another outing if possible.

    July 10, 2010

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